San Francisco Press Club board member Alexis Terrazas was honored on November 14 by the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California for his in-depth reporting and support for journalism
Terrazas received the Silver Heart Award as part of the organization’s annual journalism awards program. The event was held in San Franciscoand gathered more than 200 journalists from all media.
Terrazas, 31, is Editor-in-Chief of El Tecolote, a twice-weekly newspaper serving the Latino community in San Francisco since 1970. He joined El Tecolote in 2014 after working as a sports writer for The
San Francisco Examiner. A graduate of journalism programs at College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University, Terrazas collected a $1,500 Herb Caen Scholarship from the press club in 2006. He has an extensive list of academic journalism honors and a national first place for an essay about boxing, a longtime interest.
SPJ’s Silver Heart Award recognizes journalists who strive to expose important social issues. It also recognizes those who contribute to their communities. Terrazas, a busy father of twin toddlers, is active
in developing student interns and assisting journalism classes at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco.
SPJ’s public announcement about the awards summarized Terrazas’ work:
“His in-depth research and fearless interviews with white nationalist proponents uncovered a nationalist who subsequently was terminated from employment and exposed a Ku Klux Klansman who was hiding his Catholic and Jewish heritage. His reporting has been used by KQED for its investigation into white nationalist groups implicated in the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, and aired by Univision in
Spanish for a report that won a Northern California Emmy.”
More about the awards event and SPJ of Northern California can be found at https://spjnorcal.org.